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Dell outs an updated Studio 15 laptop

Posted in Dell by Conner Flynn on April 21st, 2009

Dell outs an updated Studio 15 laptopThe company has finally gotten official with the upgraded Studio 15 laptop, and made it available in the U.S., Canada, and Latin America. This update is all about the improved 15.6-inch LED-backlit display, with a native 1366 x 768 resolution, that gets paired with some upgraded ATI Mobility Radeon HD4570 graphics (available with 256MB or 512MB of on-board memory).

Aside from that, you can expect the usual Core 2 Duo processors, built-in 2 megapixel webcam, HDMI out, optional Blu-ray drive, optional backlit keyboard, and it comes in six colors. Prices should remain around $649 for the base model, with things moving up from there.

Skytone intros Android-powered netbook

Posted in Android by Conner Flynn on April 21st, 2009

Skytone intros Android-powered netbookAfter months of just talk, we now have not just one but two Android-powered netbooks. You can’t get either just yet. This one is from Skytone. We told you about the I-Buddie earlier, but this one sports a tablet design.

Some features include a 533MHz ARM processor, a 7-inch 800 x 480 touchscreen, 128MB of RAM, 1GB of storage, an SD card slot for expansion, and optional 3G. The netbook is called the Alpha-680, and according to Skytone, it could sell for as little as $100 if it’s ever released.

Twitter brain interface

Posted in twitter by Conner Flynn on April 21st, 2009

Twitter brain interfaceDo your fingers get tired from excessive tweets? Well, there’s help on the way. Just use brain power to send messages via Twitter without lifting a finger. You can thank Adam Wilson, who has come up with a brain interface that allows you to post Twitter messages with no hands. Though you will have to wear the dorky electrode cap.

The display shows individual letters and when the user focuses on a letter, it will type it. It’s slower than using a keyboard, but soon it should get faster. Who wants to use their fingers anyway? That’s so last century.

Apple Mac Folder

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on April 21st, 2009

Apple Mac FolderIt’s like a Mac and a folder in one. The Mac Folder. Not all that different from any other laptop really, but you probably want Apple to make one very soon. The UI has been redesigned to work like the interfaces seen on the iPod Touch and iPhone.

You’ll also get a multi-touch screen and it’s uber thin. But what’s with those huge keyboard keys? They look big enough for grandma to use. After she calls you and asks you how that is.

I-Buddie Android netbook prototype

Posted in Android by Conner Flynn on April 21st, 2009

I-Buddie Android netbook prototypeWe’ve talked about Android-powered netbooks before. HP wants to do it and so does Acer. But small-fry I-Buddie seems to be taking it more seriously and is actually planning to ship a product sometime soon.

That’s about all we know at the moment. According to Sascha from netbooknews, this a “prototype,” so it could change quite a bit. Still, we are interested. You can check out a Video below. Then let us know if there’s an Android powered Netbook in your future.

Sharp’s Mebius PC-NJ70A with LCD trackpad

Posted in Sharp by Conner Flynn on April 21st, 2009

Sharp's Mebius PC-NJ70A with LCD trackpadIf you like secondary displays, Sharp has something you’ll like in their Japanese Mebius PC-NJ70A. The guts of this machine are pretty boring, but it does feature an interesting trackpad. An 854 x 480 resolution LCD, which automatically adjusts brightness depending on the surrounding light and can probably function as a secondary display.

Aside from that, this netbook is boring with a capital B. Some other features include a 10.1-inch display (1,024 x 600), 1.6GHz Atom N270 processor, 1GB of RAM, a 160GB HDD, three USB 2.0 ports, Ethernet, WiFi, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR and a multicard reader.

Cherple lets you text from your computer

Posted in Desktop PCs by Shane McGlaun on April 21st, 2009

cherple-logo-sbI don’t like to send many text messages on my cell phone. I do it on occasion, but I don’t like the small keyboard and would rather just call and talk to someone than text them. My wife on the other hand likes to text and sends me lots of messages throughout the day.

A program called Cherple launched in January 2009 and now has 10 million users around the world. The website allows users to send SMS text messages from any Internet connected computer to any U.S. cellular number for free directly from a computer.

Samsung announces rugged 500GB 2.5-inch HDD

Posted in Samsung by Shane McGlaun on April 21st, 2009

samsung-logo-sbWhen it comes to life on the road with a notebook one day, you will probably drop your precious computer. If you travel a lot it may be that someone else drops your computer for you. Either way, many notebook users find that their machines end up hitting the ground and the most likely part to die from the impact is often the hard drive.

Samsung has announced a new hard drive series called the Spinpoint M7. The drive is available in 250, 320, 400, and 500GB capacities. All of the models use a new controller that promises power savings of up to 25% compared to conventional 2.5-inch drives.

MSI unveils N260GTX Lightening video cards for the OC crowd

Posted in MSI by Shane McGlaun on April 21st, 2009

msin260gtx-sbThere are tons of video cards on the market today from various manufacturers and for the most part the only thing to set one brand apart from the other is brand and if a video game is bundled with them. Lots of manufacturers overclock the cads to get more performance right out of the box.

MSI has announced a pair of new video cards called the MSI N260GTX Lightening and Lightening Black Edition. The two cards are the same but the Black Edition offers a front case panel called the Air Force panel that allows overclocking directly from the panel.

Dynamite Data Firefox add-on helps find lowest price

Posted in Firefox by Shane McGlaun on April 21st, 2009

dynamitedataAnytime I am looking to buy some new hardware for my computer it seems like I spend hours comparing prices to find the best deal. Sometimes I get sick of looking and just buy without doing all the comparisons I know I could do and then I end up thinking in the back of my head I could have got it cheaper.

I ran across a new add-on for Firefox called Dynamite Data that is cool and will help find the lowest prices for any product you are shopping for. Once the add-on is installed all you need to do is go to a product page on any website and the add-on will show you how much the product costs from other websites.

SmartFaucet recognizes faces to adjust temperature and flow

Posted in Home by Conner Flynn on April 20th, 2009

SmartFaucet recognizes faces to adjust temperature and flow iHouse has released the SmartFaucet that comes equipped with face recognition technology that can recognize the person’s face and then automatically turn on the water to the preferred temperature and flow f that person. It features a touchscreen display located on top of the faucet that can even be used to check your email, the calendar, etc.

It will give you something to do while shaving. Like read all that erectile dysfunction stuff in your inbox. The integrated LEDs illuminate to show the temperature, with transition from blue to red for higher temperatures.

Battery Snaps turn batteries into an LED flashlight

Posted in Flashlights by Conner Flynn on April 20th, 2009

Battery Snaps turn batteries into an LED flashlightBattery Snaps are an interesting little gadget that turns a regular 9volt battery into a single-LED flashlight, by snapping onto the top. Just snap it on and use the button on top to turn on the LED light. Instant flashlight.

When the LED light stops working, that’s when it’s time to replace the battery. For $5, it comes with a 9 volt battery included. It isn’t going to light up a whole room or anything, but these would be handy to have for power outages.

Hydrokinetic wrench uses the power of liquid

Posted in Tools by Conner Flynn on April 20th, 2009

Hydrokinetic wrench uses the power of liquidThe Hydrokinetic Adjustable wrench lets you work with twenty three different sizes of bolts and nuts. The secret to it’s success with so many sizes lies in the wrench’s liquid core. To adjust the wrench, just open the valve, fit it around the nut or bolt and push the gripper on the opposite end.

This will compress the liquid which will push the gripper on the end. Once it is snug against the nut, close the valve and your wrench is locked in position. The head will let you get into even the tightest spaces and the design of the grip will help you turn damaged nuts and bolts.

Mini Canon EOS 450D is a USB flash drive

Posted in USB Flash Drives by Conner Flynn on April 20th, 2009

Mini Canon EOS 450D is a USB flash driveThis 2GB flash drive is just a few inches wide, but it’s full of intricate details, even lens markings and a viewscreen that we hope can actually light up. The lens is removable and has a USB jack inside. It’s awesome. It’s neat. Cool. Dare I say it? It’s adorable.

It comes with an extension cord to fit it into your USB port. Apparently it’s a promotional item from Canon, which is why you’ve never seen one. But you may be able to find one on eBay. You’ll pay dearly for it(there’s one up right now for $103).

Windows 7 Starter Edition headed for Netbooks

Posted in Windows by Conner Flynn on April 20th, 2009

Windows 7 Starter Edition headed for NetbooksThe upcoming Windows 7 Starter Edition seems kinda lame when you consider that it can only run three applications at a time, but if you are using it with a netbook, it makes a little more sense. Most people use netbooks to browse the Internet and maybe check their email, with some MP3s playing in the background.

And since more applications are becoming Web-based, those applications can be stored online instead. We will be keeping an eye on Windows 7 Starter Edition to see just how well it fares. Of all the Windows 7 editions, this one is the oddest.